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dere

[deer] /dɪər/
adjective
1.
dear2 .

dear2

[deer] /dɪər/
adjective, dearer, dearest. Archaic.
1.
hard; grievous.
Origin of dear2
1000
before 1000; Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe
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British Dictionary definitions for derest

dear

/dɪə/
adjective
1.
beloved; precious
2.
used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. important; close: a wish dear to her heart
4.
  1. highly priced
  2. charging high prices
5.
appealing or pretty: what a dear little ring!
6.
for dear life, urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
interjection
7.
used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
noun
8.
(often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
adverb
9.
dearly: his errors have cost him dear
Derived Forms
dearness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr
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Word Origin and History for derest

dear

adj.

Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.

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Idioms and Phrases with derest

dear

In addition to the idiom beginning with
dear
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